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Cricket Ball

Cricket Ball cocktail with sugar cube, bitters, Lillet Rouge and prosecco

We love playing with variation on the classic Champagne Cocktail template: a sugar cube doused in bitters, topped with a low-proof spirit and some sparkling wine. It’s such an easy, elegant way to make a bit of bubbly even more special.

The Cricket Ball, from the excellent book Bitters by Brad Thomas Parsons, takes the template and dresses it up to the nines with a hard-to-get-but-totally-worth-it ingredient list. Rhubarb bitters bring a tart sweetness to the enticing complexity of a red wine apéritif like Lillet Rouge, and a sparkling wine like prosecco completes the ensemble.

Don’t worry if your sugar cube doesn’t dissolve completely; the pretty ruby lump at the bottom of the glass, spitting up a vortex of pretty bubbles, is part of the charm.

Ingredients

Instructions

Place the sugar cube at the bottom of a champagne flute. Soak it with the bitters.

Add the red wine apéritif,  and top with the sparking wine. Give it a quick stir, being careful not to disturb the sugar cube too much.

Garnish with a lemon twist.

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